Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Pet adoption has increasingly become the preferred method of acquiring a new pet. The familiar adage “Adopt, Don’t Shop” seems to have ‘hit home’ with pet lovers. News of the mistreatment of animals sold in pet stores and puppy mills has faced a serious backlash in the past decade. Adoption is the process of taking responsibility for a pet that was previously owned and either abandoned or released to a shelter. Being responsible for a pet requires a serious lifetime commitment and should be considered a privilege. Like having children, pets depend on you for all basic needs including food, shelter, exercise, emotional support and veterinary care. If for some reason a pet owner can no longer provide a suitable home, it should be the owner’s priority to find a safe and appropriate home for that pet.
In Alberta, reputable animal shelters ensure that adoptable pets and their respective families are compatible through a comprehensive adoption process. Adoption fees often include spaying/neutering, a full medical exam including vaccinations, microchipping, and the option of pet insurance. Interviews, questionnaires and personal home visits gather important information on the family’s lifestyle. Including history with pets, home environment, daily habits and values that will assist in ensuring the pet and new family are well-suited. The shelter will provide the family with information on why the pet was unwanted, what to expect in the first days to months of pet adoption, guidelines for pet care, specific behaviour training requests and follow-up calls to ensure that everyone is satisfied with the adoption. The goal of the adoption process is to ensure that the pet will remain in that new home forever.
Here is a list of a few of Edmonton and surrounding area’s rescue organizations. Please remember to do your research when choosing which organization is right for you. Although all rescues have a common goal and interest, they will differ in adoption policies, fees and follow-up care and assessments.
I recently had my check-up with Dr. B, and he mentioned that I have a lot of tartar on my teeth and something called a resorptive lesion. I had been noticing that my mouth wasn’t feeling so clean, and it did hurt when I ate my kibble.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Mill Creek Animal Hospital